I was more excited to stay at The Hotel Ivy than I've ever been to stay at any hotel ever. It has such a presence in the Twin Cities—it feels like the most elite of elite places, and before the opening of their beautiful new bar, Constantine, it almost felt too exclusive to step inside. Which is silly, of course, especially considering one of my friends in Minneapolis lived in one of the adjacent condos. However, I finally got to experience some time in the lap of luxury myself a couple months ago when I was in town for an event. Four girls, two nights at the Ivy, and a ton of fun.
The Hotel Ivy is dog-friendly, with a small fee, but some of the best freebies were the morning news and in-room Starbucks coffee. The concierge was more than welcoming as he checked us in at the front desk, and honestly, the thing that made me feel the best was when he asked which paper I'd like delivered in the morning. I must have looked like a Wall Street Journal person. Quite flattering.
Their website proclaims "you are assured that every aspect of your stay is flawlessly addressed," and that was definitely the case for me. We had to switch rooms upon arrival (we seemed to be missing a bed!), and it was resolved within ten minutes just a few floors down.
From the sparingly elegant lobby decor to the tailored, upholstered headboards, no detail seems to have been missed at this five-star Minneapolis establishment. I can't tell you how many times I've strolled by on my way home from work or somewhere else and wished I had a reason to stay. Now that I finally have, it'll be hard to settle for anything less.
Thank you to The Hotel Ivy for hosting our stay.